If you were not already aware, one of the Northwest’s most favorite blues artists of all time, Tim “Too Slim” Langford, recently had surgery for cancer and is now recuperating. As a working musician who tours consistently year-round, he needs assistance in making ends meet for the medical expenses this surgery has incurred. So a group of friends have come together to lend him a helping hand to raise these funds. Oh, did I mention that there are so many friends that three benefit shows will be taking place simultaneously in three different cities? That’s right, Portland, Seattle and Spokane will all be holding benefit shows on Sunday, February 15th, featuring an astounding array of the Northwest’s best musicians.
The show in Portland will take place at The Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside and take a look at some of the fantastic friends of Tim’s that will be appearing: Big Monti Amundson, Bill Rhoades Harmonica Blow-off, Bobby Torres, Chris Mercer, Dave Kahl, D.K. Stewart, Jim Mesi, Joe McMurrian, Lisa Mann, Lloyd Jones, Louis Pain, Mary Flower, Mitch Kashmar, the Norman Sylvester Band, NW Women in Blues, Peter Dammann, Rae Gordon, Robbie Laws, Sonny Hess, Steve Kerin, Ty Curtis, and the debut of the recently reunited Pin & The Hornits! And that’s just a start. Expect to see more surprising artists added to the line-up because Tim has many, many friends throughout the region who all want to offer their help.
Keep an eye on the Cascade Blues Association website and Facebook page, and February’s BluesNotes for further details. And if you’re unable to make it to the show, but would still like to help out, visit Tim’s crowd sourcing fundraising page at www.giveforward.com and enter in the search engine Tim “Too Slim” Langford’s Cancer Fund.